The common bug is not so common. Insects are more numerous and more varied than any other form of life on Earth. We share our planet with at least 900 thousand different types of insects and entomologists believe there are millions of insect species yet to be discovered.
Insects outnumber us by 200 million to one! Despite their tiny size, insects also outweigh us. According to the Smithsonian’s BugInfo site, “the world holds 300 pounds of insects for every pound of humans.” Yet these tiny creates can send us fleeing in panic.
Insects play a powerful role in nature. They pollinate plants, aerate the soil and provide food for animals, fish, birds, other insects and even some humans. Efficient recyclers, insects are Mother Nature’s clean-up crew.
There is much to admire about these tiny creatures, but insects get a bad rap. When insects enter our homes or businesses they can create health hazards and damage property. And then there is the “ick” factor.
From “Ick!” to “Wow!”
Help your children develop an appreciation for insects by teaching them about these fascinating creatures:
- Visit insect displays at zoos and children’s museums.
- Learn about insects at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City or the Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
- Visit Insectropolis, the amazing Bugseum in Toms River, New Jersey.
Teach your kids to love bugs; but when insects invade, call the experts at Stern Environmental Group for fast, effective service.